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Sunday 22 July 2018

Teenager hurt in hospital bathroom fall wins €28k

Conor Casey’s mum, Helen
Conor Casey’s mum, Helen

A 17-year-old student who injured himself in a hospital bathroom was awarded €28,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court yesterday.

Conor Casey had fallen over, hitting his head, after being sedated for an operation.

Barrister Fiona Crawford told Judge Terence O'Sullivan that in April 2015, Conor had been admitted to the National Children's Hospital, Tallaght, with acute appendicitis and had a laparoscopic appendectomy under general anaesthetic.

Operation

She said that following the operation - and while still slightly dizzy from the anaesthetic and having been given analgesia medication - he had been allowed to use the toilet unaccompanied and had fallen, hitting his head against the sink.

Ms Crawford, who appeared with Kent Carty Solicitors for the teenager, told Judge O'Sullivan that the boy was suing the nominee of the hospital, David Slevin, through his mother, Helen Casey, of Cruagh, Rockbrook, Rathfarnham, Dublin.

Injured

She told the court that Conor injured the back of his head, requiring stitches to a wound that had healed but had left a noticeable scar.

Judge O'Sullivan, approving the settlement offer of €28,000 together with expenses of €500, said he considered the offer a good one.

He said the scar was particularly noticeable because, like most boys of his age, Conor sported a "short, modern haircut".

The judge directed that the money be paid out directly to Conor, who will turn 18 on June 22.

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